First of all, please do not tell your social justice friends, of if you do picket, or chain yourself to the speaker's podium, please do not mention me as the instigator. The Wise and Purposeful Planners say it would be a tragedy if the wealthiest families ceased to be dynastic. I say it might be even worse if they remain hegemonic and the Republic falls. But I don't say that among the Wise, for it would get me cast out, yet again, as a Pariah, or Fool. Instead, I nod sagely, during the keynotes at the perverse interpretations of Dante, Chaucer, and Virgil, mixed in with a hodgepodge from Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, and basics from Ted-style talks on empathy, and ask the red-coated waiter to refill my wine glass.
I do believe that the future holds the rule of men (and women), rather than law, or as Newt Gingrich recently said of our current Dynast in power, "He cannot obstruct injustice for he is justice by definition." (Or, words to that effect.) So, the real issue is whether we who so ably serve Dynastic Wealth, can teach the heirs basic humanity, so that when they rule unchecked it will be for their own good, their family's good, the good of their faithful servants, their loyal retainers, their concubines, and their pets. So that the trust funds grow, as the family virtues grow. My role and yours, as a Wealth and Wisdom Planner is to spin this as good for all. That is the presentation I will propose next year to PPI. How serving the rich, serves all. I have models for this, from Pope's "Essay on Man," Voltaire's Candide, and Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth. And of course Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Unless we can make that case for Dynastic Wealth = Good for all, we might be Wise to no moral purpose, and that would be a shame, when a web of words is so easy to spin. To Wisdom! And pass the cake please.
I have noticed that the Wise at the honey pot of wealth, are generally not very well read. I mean some, a precious few, have read the books, mentioned, but not to any purpose I can see. But most of the Wise have done well to get through The Seven Habits of Successful People and Atlas Shrugged. I would hate to think the wise, the really wise, would shun such convenings like a moral plague. I go every year, and my conscience only hurts when I am sober, which is to say, seldom if ever.
This time around one track is on Philanthropy. So, little by little the Wise are wising up. If only such giving could make up for the dwindling government support for the arts, culture, poverty relief, medical care. But still, Hegemonic Power with giving is better than without. If you see me there, please do not mention this post. Mum's the word. I would pass among the worldly wise as wise. It is where the money is.